In This Review

Fractured History: Elite Shifts and Policy Changes in Nigeria
Fractured History: Elite Shifts and Policy Changes in Nigeria
By Major General Joseph Nanven Garba
Sungai Books, 1995, 294 pp

Garba, a former high-ranking military officer and Nigerian foreign minister, finished writing this scalding indictment of his government before the current regime made clear its intention to postpone again a return to civilian rule. Since then, Nigeria's descent toward the status of failed state has become yet more precipitous, and Garba's call for radical reform yet more appropriate. But readers hoping to find practical prescriptions for Nigeria's malaise, born of corruption, debt, and political breakdown, will be disappointed. The book consists mainly of excoriation of the country's irresponsible elites plus the author's somewhat platitudinous wishes for a better future. One can only hope that Nigeria's rising generation, to whom the book is addressed, finds some moral inspiration here.